Quiz of the week's news

7 days quiz

It's the Magazine's 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.

7 days

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Pope Benedict XVI's UK visit looms, but what are spectators banned from taking with them to the organised events?

Pope Benedict XVI
  1. Whistles
  2. Torches
  3. Flags

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Some high-profile teenagers nervously opened their GCSE results this week. Who had the best grades?

  1. Olympic diver Tom Daley
    Tom Daley
  2. Paralympic swimmer Jessica Harper
    Jessica Harper

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Where in Cornwall is the village after which Florence Rose Endellion Cameron was named?

map of Cornwall
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three

4.) Multiple Choice Question

All 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for three weeks are alive. When audio contact was made with foreman Luis Urzua, what were his first words?

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera holds a note from the miners
  1. 'Praise be to God'
  2. 'Luis here'
  3. 'Shift foreman speaking'

5.) Multiple Choice Question

What was the significance of 25 years and six months this week?

25 years 6 months
  1. Period of Asil Nadir's exile
  2. Time since Australia's last hung parliament
  3. Age of youngest Premier League referee

6.) Multiple Choice Question

A BT ad has been banned for misleading customers over the speed of its broadband. The ad is part of the long-running "BT couple" campaign, but what are the pair called?

Kriss Marshall and Esther Hall
  1. Beatrice and Harry
  2. Matt and Alex
  3. Jane and Adam

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A study of 24 European countries concluded that the fastest queues are in Sweden. But where are the slowest ones?

Queue at an airport
  1. Russia
  2. Bulgaria
  3. Spain


  1. It's whistles, which the Catholic Church says "pose a threat". Also banned are gazebos, animals, musical instruments, alcohol and BBQs. Flags and battery-powered torches are fine.
  2. It's Jessica Harper, but only by the whisker of a *. The swimmer got eight A* and two A grades. Diver Tom Daley got a total of seven A*s and three As, including the three GCSEs he took last year.
  3. It's 1, which is the village of St Endellion, near to where the Camerons were holidaying and named after Cornish saint Endelienta. Number 2 is stag-magnet Newquay and 3 is the county capital, Truro.
  4. "Shift foreman speaking," announced Mr Urzua, a true professional even in times of crisis. The 54-year-old has taken charge, distributing food and allocating jobs to keep the men busy. It is expected to take four months to get them out.
  5. It was the age of Michael Oliver, who on Saturday became the league's youngest referee when he took charge of Birmingham's match against Blackburn. Australia's last hung parliament was 40 years ago, while Nadir fled the UK in 1993.
  6. It's Jane and Adam. Beatrice, played by Maureen Lipman, and Harry Bellman were the original BT couple in the late 1980s. Matt and Alex - Matthew Prescott and Alexandra Maitland - were the names given to the Gold Blend couple in a novel written off the back of their long-running coffee ad campaign, which started in 1987.
  7. It's Russia, although the Bulgarian passport office had the slowest queue of all, taking six hours to process 36 customers. The research by Mystery Shopping Providers Association ranked Spain, Denmark and the UK in the Top 10.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Back of the line

4 - 6 : Slowly moving

7 - 7 : Queue-jump

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